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Sylvia Long's Mother Goose Block Books Board book – September, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Chronicle continues its line of successful Block Books with a set based on Sylvia Long's Mother Goose. Sylvia Long's Mother Goose Block Books contains 16 chunky board books just right for small hands to stack, knock down and read repeatedly, all packaged in an attractive box with a gift card attached to a carrying cord. Each book presents a different rhyme illustrated in Long's signature style. Ages 6 mos.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Sylvia Long is the illustrator of several books for children including the best sellers Ten Little Rabbits and Alejandro's Gift. Ms. Long's detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Arizona. Read more about Sylvia's illustrating process.
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This set has the same elements that make other, newer, toddler books so successful. Most important is that there are only a few words per page. Toddlers cannot wait to turn the pages of any book, so traditional nursery rhyme books with whole, or even several, verses per page are difficult for them to sit still for. Possibly even more important, as they are just learning vocabulary, they need pictures that illustrate what the words mean, so they can see AND hear. A whole rhyme for one picture is hard for them to follow. With this set they see a picture for every line, so they can follow the meaning better. This is doubly important with Mother Goose, written long ago, that often has archaic words children don't hear in every day talk around them.
With many kinds of blocks so available and inexpensive, few children really need books they can build with. I don't think that that is really the point of block books. I think it just adds to the really whimsical and old-fashioned feel of the set, from the beautiful illustrations to the sweet box the books are packaged in. The format does give the books very thick pages, which I like - way sturdier than most board books. However, the books are still cardboard and parents should use judgment on what a paper product will endure. The box is laminated but is thinner cardboard. We keep it on a shelf and take it down for story time. My daughter loves to reach in choose the books one at a time. As we finish we make a stack of each color. She likes to put them back in, but I have to help because they only fit if placed in an orderly fashion.
We love this so much I am considering getting the other block books sets, but she has so many basic concepts books that she already knows most of the content at 21 months. I wish the publishers would come out with another set as sweet as these with something new - such as newer short poems or rhymes.
This Little Piggy
Little Miss Muffet
Jack and Jill
Old Mother Hubbard
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Hey, Diddle, Diddle!
Little Jack Horner
Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Hickory, Dickory Dock
Wee Willie Winkie
There Was a Crooked Man
The books are delightful and well worth buying. My only complaint is that the books are difficult to extract from the box due to the shortness of the rope ties.
The entertainment value however is immense and we shall be looking at this author in more detail to decide what next to buy.